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News Hacker runs Ubuntu on Amazon Kindle

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 4 Sep 2009.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. War-Rasta

    War-Rasta New Member

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    Impressive! Kinda pointless but impressive nonetheless 8-0
     
  3. Jamie

    Jamie ex-Bit-Tech code junkie

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    This is kinda cool, it could open the door to some people writing a custom operating system to open up new uses for the device.
     
  4. antiHero

    antiHero ReliXmas time!

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    I think its more of a "prof of concept" as the limited processing power and text only display isnt good for anything else then what the kindle 2 is build for anyway.

    Awesome non the less :D
     
  5. aradreth

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    Putting a different OS on it opens up support for more file formats like epub and pdf's which amazon decided not to include.
     
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  6. sear

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    Cool hack. There's always a sort of giddiness about getting stuff working on proprietary systems and the like. I'm not a free software nut but I do think that the fragmentation of the market is rather pointless and stifling. Good to see people trying to fix that, even if it's half for shits and giggles.
     
  7. DXR_13KE

    DXR_13KE BananaModder

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  8. Veles

    Veles DUR HUR

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    Soon we'll have those star trek pads
     
  9. HourBeforeDawn

    HourBeforeDawn a.k.a KazeModz

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    the kindle seems pointless to me, give me something of that size but with a color lcd screen and throw in touch features and then we could have a cool and useful pad for doing all sorts of things, could be useful for say doctors pulling up medical charts and so on or like for the rest of us pulling up magazines, newspapers, and so on.
     
  10. ry@n

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    Reminds me of the guy that had MAME running on a digital camera.
     
  11. B3CK

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    Would be quite awesome if he could get the 3g to work, and then tether through a usb cord. Free unlimeted 3g access for your laptop! After the initial layout for the kindle of course.
     
  12. TomH

    TomH And like that... he was gone.

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    See comment previous to yours, below:

    In the same way that someone managed to load their own feature-less Linux firmware on a Linksys WRT router, Mr. Vincent's 'pointless' hacks will pave the way for third-party firmware loading on the Kindle, most-likely allowing you to read what the hell you want, when you want. Expect a FOSS project page in five, four, three...
     
  13. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    Nice, can I have my Kindle now, please? And the books for reasonable prices? Travelling to work 1.5 hours there + 1.5 hours back every day, lots of reading to do.
     
  14. sheninat0r

    sheninat0r What's a Dremel?

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    Why would he pick Ubuntu, of all distros? I feel it would have been easier to start with a very minimal (CLI only) default install and work his way up from there.
     
  15. kylew

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    Then? :rolleyes:
     
  16. perplekks45

    perplekks45 LIKE AN ANIMAL!

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    That's the only mistake you spotted? :p
     
  17. kylew

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    No, but it's the one that made me cringe the most.
     
  18. Rich_13

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    slightly off topic, the lastest alpha is out forUbuntu
     
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